Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa: My Top Supplement Recommendations

Diet is an essential part of healing hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). In general, you want to avoid inflammatory foods such as grains, cow’s dairy, sugar, and refined vegetable oils.

However, supplements can also be very helpful. In this video, I’m going to talk about my top supplement recommendations for hidradenitis suppurativa.

Enjoy the video!





Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the professional advice of your physician or other licensed health care provider. Never avoid, disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice, or change any of your prescribed medical treatments because of something you have read on this blog. If you try any therapies or recommendations discussed on this blog, you do so at your own risk.


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  • Maria

    Reply Reply April 1, 2019

    Are there any multivitamin that you recommend for someone with
    Thank you

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 1, 2019

      Hi, Maria!

      We recommend our Strategic Nutrients. It’s very absorbable and uses the active forms of nutrients to ensure effectiveness. Thanks for your question!

  • Lalae

    Reply Reply April 9, 2019

    Do you ever test VEGF in relation to HS? If so, do you tend to see lowered VEGF in HS patients? Would resveratrol lower VEGF even further? Thank you!

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 10, 2019

      Hi, Lalae –

      I don’t typically test VEGF in my HS patients because it’s very expensive to order and it doesn’t change my treatment approach. I’m always looking for the underlying reasons why a person is experiencing their health issues. With that being said, we’ve found that many people with HS have a history of toxic mold exposure, and VEGF is also abnormal in people with mold toxicity. So I do order mold (mycotoxin) testing for my HS patients.

  • Lalae

    Reply Reply April 16, 2019

    Very interesting. We did have an issue with mold previously, remediated our home and healed. HS diagnosis was made a couple of years after healing. C4a levels are in a great range now but we’re 11,000+ when we had mold but now VEGF is low again. The low C4a numbers would indicate mold is not a current issue. Would you agree? We followed the shoemaker CIRS protocol.

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply April 18, 2019

      Very interesting, indeed! You are correct that C4a levels will fall into a healthy range when mold toxicity is no longer an issue. I’m glad you were able to get properly treated for mold; sadly, not many people are aware of this issue.

    • Helen

      Reply Reply November 28, 2019

      Thank you so much for this info! Any thoughts on taking astragalus in conjunction w/ resveratrol? Bless you for this! Thank you!

      • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

        Reply Reply December 2, 2019

        Hi, Helen!
        Astragalus can be a great adaptogen for handling stress, but I don’t use it for HS. This is because astragalus has strong immune-stimulating properties and is best used for people who have immune suppression. With HS, many people have immune overstimulation, so astragalus could theoretically increase inflammation.

  • Alicia

    Reply Reply May 17, 2019

    The vitamins that you listed in your video, what is your recommended dosing of each to help with HS?

  • Tia

    Reply Reply October 21, 2020

    Very good Doctor, this I will try. Thank you!

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply January 7, 2021

    should you take Resveratrol and ginger together or just one?
    I have Hs, pcos,and occasional fever blisters

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply January 12, 2021

      Hi, Jennifer –
      It’s generally safe to combine them. However, I always recommend checking with your personal health care provider to make sure supplements are safe for you. PCOS and HS both respond very well to anti-inflammatory diet changes, especially when refined carbohydrates are reduced. I wish you all the best!

  • Tessa Engelhart

    Reply Reply January 20, 2021

    Hi Dr. Biscoe!

    I was referred to this video by Jerrica Sweetnich. I have suffered with HS since childhood and have been on Spironolactone & Doxycycline for 10+ YEARS to combat this, but we are discovering it’s affecting my gut. I had no idea there were natural ways to cure HS until she mentioned you and I felt like the heavens opened up! Would you recommend starting with ALL of these supplements? (Not pregnant, planning to be pregnant, etc.) I am also wondering if you would recommend slowly stopping the Spironolactone & Doxy while starting these or cold turkey quitting them. I noticed that another viewer asked about a multivitamin and I was wondering the same thing, so I looked into the link you provided but that multi doesn’t seem to have the supplements you mentioned in this video. Am I mistaken by that or is it in addition to the things you mentioned? Thank you for providing this resource for us and for your time!

    • Dr. Ashley Biscoe

      Reply Reply January 21, 2021

      Hi, Tessa! I’m so glad the Dr. Sweetnich referred you. She is a dear friend and we went to naturopathic medical school together.

      Regarding the supplements, you certainly don’t have to take all of them. Our multivitamin is formulated with the optimal levels of key nutrients such as zinc which are required for healthy skin and many other functions. The other supplements mentioned in the video contain special herbs and other ingredients that support overall balance. Because of the wide range of beneficial ingredients, it would be nearly impossible to include them all in one formula. 🙂

      On the Help for HS website, we have the Ultimate Starter Bundle which is the most popular choice that people start with:

      For legal and safety reasons, I’m not able to advise you about discontinuing or modifying your medications, but this is an important discussion to have with your physician about the risks and benefits of doing so.

      Thank you so much for the kind words; we’re glad that you’ve found the videos and information helpful!

      • Tessa Engelhart

        Reply Reply January 23, 2021

        Thank you so much for this response! I will absolutely look into everything you’ve mentioned! 🙂

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